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Introduction to Company Accounts

Introduction to Company Accounts

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This course will provide the essential knowledge necessary to read and understand company accounts.  It is an intensive one-day course which will provide delegates with a sound understanding of the meaning and common usage of the main financial statements, as well as the other sections of published company accounts.  By the end of the course you will be confident in discussing and using the commonly used accounting terms and the key accounting concepts. You will also acquire a good working knowledge of the Business Cycle and an understanding of the interaction of its main components.

This is an introductory course and assumes no specific prior financial knowledge.  It is a highly practical course with ample opportunity for delegates to look at and discuss real company accounts.  It covers the Directors’ Report, the Balance Sheet, the Profit and Loss Account, the Cashflow Statement and the notes to the accounts.

Who Should Attend?

Anybody who works with financial statements or needs to discuss company accounts with financial staff. Anybody who is seeking a better understanding of published accounts, the Company Annual Report, or the Directors' Report.

Course Content

The course includes information and sessions on the following topic areas and helps delegates understand how practices/concepts interact and relate to each other.

  • Company Accounts and their Purpose
  • Accounting Concepts and Policies
  • Assets and Liabilities
  • Income and Expense
  • Capital and Profits
  • Double Entry Book-keeping
  • Directors Report
  • Balance Sheets
  • Share Capital
  • Reserves
  • Retained Profits
  • Shareholder Equity
  • Profit and Loss Account
  • Cash Flow Statement
  • Notes to the accounts
  • Consolidated accounts
  • Management Accounts
  • Working Capital Cycle
  • Cash versus profit
  • Liquidity ratios
  • Cash forecasts
  • Budgets
  • Financial Decision Making

The format for the course will consist of concise detailed seminars, most of which will be followed by a short audience participation and interaction sessions.

Delegate Feedback

'Good definitions. Description of terms. Ideal Introduction to subject and a good refresher.'
Sales manager, Portucel Soporcel UK Ltd

Excellent event with very good and clear presentation, and very knowledgeable facilitator.'
Director, Twenty Four Decision

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Workshop Style

This training course is delivered in a workshop style. It is highly participative with a blend of presentation, group exercises and debate.  A comprehensive delegate pack is included. .


To ensure effective levels of delegate participation, involvement and interaction, delegate numbers are restricted.  This workshop is suitable for groups of 2 to 20 delegates.


Formal CPD certificates are provided after the event in a form which is acceptable as CPD evidence to many professional bodies and institutions.


The facilitator for this workshop is a highly experienced trainer with in-depth subject knowledge.